Sunday, August 9, the Arbor Room at the La Mesa Community Services complex was rocking to the music of the band Ramshackle and hot fashions provided by several East County boutiques and modeled by an enthusiastic group of current and former Miss La Mesas and Santees and their Teen counterparts.
Models wait for their turn to go on
The event started at 2:00 pm with a Silent Auction, Opportunity Drawing, and Dessert Reception. Among the items up for auction were flower arrangements, jewelry, tickets to local attractions, gift baskets, a chance to be a Charger Girl for a Day, and a beautiful print of a tiger in the snow. The Opportunity Drawing was for two special necklaces, one donated by Michael’s Jewelers of Santee and the other by Golden Artistry of La Mesa. The money for these two items went to benefit Santee Santas and La Mesa’s Peter Pan Junior Theater. All other proceeds went toward the Miss La Mesa and Miss Santee scholarship funds.
Opportunity Drawing Winners
This was a true community effort, with support from both the La Mesa and Santee Chambers of Commerce and Mayors Art Madrid (La Mesa) and Randy Voepel (Santee). Many of the businesses providing auction items or desserts were also from the East County. Outfits for the show were provided by Sara’s Selections, Old Navy(Santee), Act II, Sentimental Fashions, Girls Fashionably Late, and PreVue– all from La Mesa, El Cajon, and Santee. Even the band Ramshackle is based in Santee.
The day was hosted by current Miss Santees and La Mesas, Sierra Billock and Stephanie Packard, and their Miss Teens, Nicole Ehlke (Santee) and Katarina Schweitzer (La Mesa). Sierra Billock was also one of the minds behind the idea of a fund raising fashion show and the special fund drawing that went to support Santee Santas and Peter Pan Theater. The pageants are fortunate to have such an active, enthusiastic representative. Another major player in the event was Alexandra Kuty, the Pageant Producer and a former Miss La Mesa (2000). Congratulations to all involved for a great job.
On the Runway
For over 40 years young women have been vying for the titles of Miss Santee and Miss La Mesa, and more recently Miss Santee Teen and Miss La Mesa Teen. More than just a “beauty” pageant, these contests provide the young women who become spokespersons for the two cities at civic functions around the county. I have had the opportunity to meet and work with several of the winners and runners up for Miss Santee and Miss Santee Teen, and have found them to be bright, outgoing, and excellent representatives of the city.
In this time of a declining economy, keeping the double pageant funded (Miss Santee and Miss La Mesa are crowned during the same event) has become more difficult. In order to continue providing scholarships for the winners of the pageants, the Pageant organizers have put together the first annual fashion show fundraiser (Fashion Rocks the East). This event will take place on Sunday, August 9, at the La Mesa Community Services Arbor Room at 4975 Memorial Drive in MacArthur Park, and will include a silent auction along with the fashion show. Models will include former contestants from past pageants, and I have heard that our own Mayor Randy Voepel (The Hardest Working Man in Santee) might take a turn on the runway. Escorting some of the young ladies, no doubt.
If you would like to help support this event and the scholarship fund, tickets are $20 and can be ordered ahead by calling Pageant Director Alexandra Kuty at 619-698-4163 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. The tickets are first come, first served, so you might want to order ahead since there is not telling how many might be left at the door the day of the event. You are also welcome to help sponsor or donate to the event. In addition, they will be collecting used gowns to be donated to the Friends of Scott Organization, which holds a special prom every year for teen cancer patients. There will also be a special auction of a gemstone necklace donated by Michael’s Jewelers with proceeds going to Santee Santas.
If you are interested in mailing in your ticket order, you can send me a message and I can email you a copy of the order form.
The 2009 Miss Santee/Miss Santee Teen Pageant will be on Friday, March 6 – just two weeks away. The coordinators are looking for businesses that would like to donate prizes and/or scholarship money for the winners. There may also still be an opportunity for young Santee women to participate in the pageant, either as contestants (age 13-26) or in the Santee Princess Program (ages 6-12). For more information, to donate, or to request a form for tickets you can contact Alexandra Kuty (Pageant Director) at email@example.com or at 619-698-4163.